Walking dead? Many of us lose more than 15 days' worth of sleep a year. How many hours do you sleep at night?
A shocking proportion of the UK population aged
between 30 and 50 years are most likely to be in debt to their
We teamed up with Leeds University to carry out
research into the worrying amount of us suffering from dangerously
low levels of sleep - with many of us getting as little as
five hours per night!
The study, to be presented at the Newcastle British
Sleep Society Conference tomorrow, found 25% of 30 to 50 year olds
are dissatisfied with their sleep. These worrying figures, suggest
we have previously underestimated how little the nation sleep and
actually the problem is more serious.
Dr Anna Weighall, psychologist from Leeds University,
believes the British population are in a debt to their bedtime,
losing a minimum of one hour per night.
Alarmingly this equates to many losing up to 15 days
worth of sleep a year, which is nearly three and a half years in an
average lifetime. And for many Brits this debt is even
Interestingly, the data shows whilst most people aim
to achieve at least the amount of sleep recommended by the NHS,
they believed they actually achieve significantly less, and
when asked concrete questions about their previous night's sleep
this gap increased even further.
Despite aiming to undertake around eight - nine hours
sleep a night, 30 to 50 year-olds were the most likely group for
being in debt to their sleep body clocks.
Poor sleep patterns may be affected by the pressures
of modern life. From the study sample we found 42 % of those
questioned admitted having stressful jobs, with nearly a quarter of
Brits working over 40 hours a week compromising their sleep.
Dr Anna Weighall said: "The real concern is actually
a quarter of the population is sleeping as little as five
hours each night.
"Less than five hours each night is associated with
serious negative health outcomes including cardiovascular problems,
obesity and diabetes.
"The increasing demands of modern life, social media
and connected technologies may affect the quality and quantity of
our sleep and pose a serious and detrimental threat to
See below our experts taking over the National
The research is to be presented at this year's British Sleep Society
2015 Conference which is taking place Thursday 22nd